Abandoning coal would betray the poor

This year’s edition of the Great Greenhouse Gas Show, COP23, has just been held in Bonn, Germany. During the event, Canada’s Environment Minister, Catherine McKenna, along with her British counterpart, worked on building a coalition of countries that will push for eliminating coal-fired power. There’s just one small problem: Even if coal-fired power plants only account for 11% of Canada’s electricity capacity, and that percentage is decreasing, 41% of the world’s production of electricity is fueled by coal. For poorer countries, coal is often the best choice in extending the availability of electricity to households.